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Chair of Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse questioned on report findings

28 November 2022

The Home Affairs Committee holds a one-off session examining the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) on Wednesday 30 November when it takes evidence from Chair of the inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was established in 2014 to investigate the failure of State and non-State institutions to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. The inquiry published its findings in October 2022 and makes a number of recommendations for action by national and local government institutions, the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and political parties. Among its key recommendations are the establishment of a statutory requirement for mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse, a national scheme to provide financial compensation for victims of abuse, and the creation of a Child Protection Authority.

In this session, the Home Affairs Committee will investigate how the inquiry was conducted and whether it met the needs of victims and survivors. The Committee will also scrutinise the inquiry’s key recommendations and discuss who will be responsible for ensuring lessons are learnt and the recommendations are implemented.

After two IICSA chairs had withdrawn following their appointment and wider allegations of misconduct, the predecessor Home Affairs Committee published a report in 2016 calling for a number of measures to rebuild public confidence in the inquiry.

Witnesses

Wednesday 30 November in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.45am 

  • Professor Alexis Jay OBE, Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
  • Drusilla Sharpling CBE, panel member, Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
  • John O’Brien, Secretary to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Further information

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